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US Open day seven as it happened


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By David Ornstein

0650: So another unforgettable day at the 2010 US Open comes to an end, less than 10 hours before the start of the next. It's goodbye to the likes of Andy Murray, Elena Dementieva, John Isner, Ana Ivanovic and David Nalbandian, while for names such as Rafael Nadal, Kim Clijsters, Stanislas Wawrinka and Sam Stosur, the journey continues. Our coverage of day eight starts at 1600 BST. Miss it, miss out. Cheerio.

The match is over
0635: Dementieva's mind goes walkies and Stosur is able to secure an early mini-break to move 3-1 ahead. The only thing keeping my eyelids from closing is Dementieva's incessant screaming. The Russian falls 5-2 behind and Stosur turns on the afterburners to bring up her second match point. Dementieva looks a nervous wreck and, predictably, shanks a forehand beyond the baseline. FINALLY, after two hours and 38 minutes and at 0135 local time, it's over. Sam Stosur beats Elena Dementieva 6-3 2-6 7-6 (7-2) to book a quarter-final meeting with Kim Clijsters.

0628: Is anyone watching this this? If not you're missing a quite extraordinary contest. Stosur bludgeons her way to match point but then cracks under the pressure and nets a sliced backhand. Dementieva cranks up the intensity of her groundstrokes and seals the 14th break of the match when Stosur puts a forehand wide. Into a deciding tie-break we go.

0620: Stosur breaks brilliantly and Arthur Ashe Stadium erupts - the noise is absolutely deafening. Dementieva drops to her knees - are those tears I see? Stosur leads 6-5 and will now have her first crack at serving for the match.

0614: Unsurprisingly, Stosur's game collapses when serving to stay in the match. Fortunately for the fifth seed, she's up against a player who can't finish her dinner. Three more match points come and go before Dementieva lashes a routine backhand into the net. The Russian may be the reigning Olympic champion but I can't ever see her lifting a Grand Slam title with such a fragile mindset and loose control of her emotions.

0608: Oh do me a favour. It looks to be all over when Dementieva moves to 40-30 and brings up match point, but she sends a forehand into the tramlines and an inside-out forehand winner from Stosur turns the game on its head. All of a sudden, the Aussie seems the most relaxed person in New York and Dementieva drills a forehand wide. It's back on serve and Cotton Eye Joe is blaring out over the PA system.

0600: I give up. Dementieva shows the most incredible defensive skills to break for a 5-2 lead and will now serve for the match. There could be no faulting Stosur in that service game, all credit to Dementieva. Those who stayed on Arthur Ashe to watch this are getting superb value for money. Imagine a match carrying on at Wimbledon until 0100 BST!

0553: You'd have to make Stosur the favourite now, purely because she seems to be battling her demons better than Dementieva. That said, I've learned from my mistakes and I'll leave the predictions to you guys. This match has had more twists and turns than an Agatha Christie novel and I wouldn't bet against a few more. We're up to 4-3 Dementieva, Stosur with a massive service game coming up.

0545: Talk about speaking too soon... I really should have known better. Everyone thought a place in the last eight was Dementieva's for the taking - and perhaps she did too. The Russian's groundstrokes are suddenly flying everywhere apart from their intended destination. She slips to 0-40 and unleashes a loose forehand to relinquish the break. Stosur to serve at 2-3 and Dementieva is once again looking to her mother/coach Vera for support. This is just ridiculous.

Someone is having a tantrum
0535: Dementieva isn't playing particularly well but she's on course for a quarter-final meeting with Kim Clijsters, primarily because Stosur's game has disintegrated in front of her very eyes. After coming through for a strong service hold in game one of the second set, Dementieva races to 40-0 on her opponent's serve in game two. Stosur saves two of the three break points but then throws a forehand long and Dementieva follows up the break with an easy hold. Stosur slams her racquet down at the changeover; she's heading out of the US Open and The Fanatics have been silenced.

AFCBPETER on Twitter: "Just got back from work, first thing I see is "Murray makes shock exit". I'm going to bed."
It's all right for some, isn't it? We're about to start a deciding set after Dementieva breaks AGAIN to wrap up the second set.

0518: Was that really a service hold from Dementieva? You bet. Stosur will now serve to stay in the match. As with the previous match, I'm not even going to attempt to call this one. What about you? It's not too late to tweet me, or send a text to 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666.

0515: Have a guess at what just happened... one clue - it involves the words "Dementieva", "Stosur", "break", "of" and "serve". The Russian now leads 4-2.

0508: Dear oh dear, we have a seventh break. Stosur races to 40-15 on the Dementieva serve and although the Russian saves both of those break points, her muscular opponent forces a third and smashes it away. I make that four successive breaks of serve.

0500: Cometh the hour, cometh ANOTHER break of serve. Dementieva forces the sixth break of the match to move 3-1 ahead in the second set. This season, the 12th seed from Moscow has won six and lost 12 of the matches in which she lost first set.

0457: No spectacles for Stosur tonight but she could hardly be seeing the ball better. Dementieva, whose remodelled serve clearly needs a little more remodelling, can't cope with the Australian's power and relinquishes the break. The Russian berates herself and gazes at her mother/coach Vera in the stands, a look of desperation scrawled across her face. Apparently Dementieva owns a Yorkshire terrier called Patrick. Does that mean we could claim her as being British?

0445: I'm told Stosur has taken the first set in 35 of her matches this season, and on 34 of those occasions she has emerged victorious. Great stat from the WTA and Mike Henson and I have celebrated it with a terribly unhealthy slice of honey cake. Dementieva saves two break points in game one of the second set and has just broken Stosur for a 2-0 lead.

0439: How better to see out the set than with a service hold to love? Fifth seed Stosur puts one foot in the last eight and while Dementieva hasn't done all that much wrong tonight, her opponent is at the very top of her game.

0435: Another break for Stosur, sealed with a driven forehand winner down the line for a 5-2 lead. Last seen at Wimbledon this summer, Aussie supporters group The Fanatics are at Flushing Meadows this weekend and they're making quite a racket. Good times. Dementieva holds but Stosur will now serve for the opening set.

0426: My intrepid colleague Mike Henson has just come up with some great chat on Tommy Robredo, fourth-round opponent of Mikhail Youzhny. "The Spaniard was named after the lead character from The Who's musical about 'a deaf, dumb and blind kid' who 'could sure play a mean pinball'. Father, Angel, was apparently a big fan of the band," says Mike. "The 28-year-old will be looking to make the quarter-finals for the first time after falling at the last-16 stage six times so far in his career."

0420: Fancy a stat attack? OK, if I must. The WTA tell me Stosur is the first Australian woman to reach the US Open fourth round since Jelena Dokic in 2000, but the last Aussie woman to reach last eight at Flushing Meadows was Wendy Turnbull back in 1986. Dementieva is bidding to advance to her sixth US Open quarter-final. The Russian dropped out of the top 10 on 23 August for the first time in more than three years, but she can make it back into that elite group with victory tonight. She's about to serve at 3-2 down.

0412: Another point goes begging for Dementieva but the 2004 runner-up gets a third bite at the cherry and this time she makes no mistake, wowing the crowd with a pinpoint pass as Stosur comes to the net. Tennis of the highest order so far, it must be said.

0405: Olives, egg slices and cherry tomatoes flying all over my desk, drop shots, passes and winners aplenty on Arthur Ashe. Stosur saves a break point before coming through for an early hold. The long wait to get started would not have been appreciated by either player but they're both striking the ball beautifully out there. Dementieva, however, comes under real pressure in game two and here's a break point. Groundstroke wide. Hawk-Eye challenge confirms her fate. Stosur beaks to lead 2-0 in the opener.

0355: Just as I was about to down tools and tear into my tuna nicoise salad, Elena Dementieva and Sam Stosur emerge from the locker room for the final match of day seven. I'm a terrible multi-tasker but I'll give it a go. The ladies are knocking up ahead of their sixth career meeting - Dementieva leads 4-1 in the head-to-head - and we're about to get under way. French Open runner-up Stosur, seeded fifth, decked all in purple. Number 12 seed Dementieva dashing in red. Arthur Ashe no more than half-full. Game on...

The match is over
0340: There it is. Mikhail Youzhny beats John Isner 6-4 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 and, yes, I can confirm the Russian acknowledged all four sides of Arthur Ashe Stadium with his military-salute celebration. Brilliants stuff. He goes on to play Spain's Tommy Robredo for a place in the quarter-finals.

0335: Isner staves off a match point but Youzhny is now serving for a place in round four at 5-4.

bobbychernev on Twitter: "Re 0315 Andrea Petkovic does the victory dance. Very funny."
This is video gold.

0328: Someone on Twitter says you can still see the slide marks on Ashe from Denis Istomin's incredible get in the second-set tie-break against Rafa on day five. Don't they clean these courts? Can't see it myself but maybe texter Jane at Flushing Meadows has a better view? Meanwhile, break point to Youzhny at 4-2 in the fourth set... saved by a 129mph ace down the 'T' from Isner. And the 25-year-old from North Carolina holds with his 32nd ace of the match.

0315: Isner puts Youzhny under some serious pressure in game four but the Russian holds firm to maintain his advantage. Isner this comes through a tough service game of his own to trail 2-3. Apparently, Youzhny acknowledges his fans with a military-style salute after big wins, lifting his racket above his head with his left hand while gesturing with his right. Know of any other interesting/bizarre victory celebrations?

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0308: "Sat in the top tier of the Arthur Ashe Stadium watching Isner/Youzhny. An interesting crowd - the primary concern of the majority of them seems to be (1) which type of junk food to have next, (2) can we get on the big screen during the breaks in play? (3) The tennis. Not a Pimm's in sight, either. "
Jane at Flushing Meadows via text on 81111

0305: Who are we all looking forward to watching on day seven? Get your predictions in now. By the way, Youzhny has just broken the massive Isner serve to lead 2-1 in the fourth set. Impressed by the way he's responded to dropping the second set in front of a partisan home crowd. Don't forget, these two are followed on court by Sam Stosur and Elena Dementieva, with the winner advancing to play defending champion Kim Clijsters on Tuesday.

0300: Ah, knew I'd forgotten something - Monday's schedule of play. Here goes. First up on Ashe at 1100 (1600 BST) we have 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova against the unseeded Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova. They're followed on to court by third seed Novak Djokovic and home favourite Mardy Fish, before top seed Carolina Wozniacki does battle with 2006 winner Maria Sharapova in my match of the day. The evening session sees Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva play Andrea Petkovic and five-time champion Roger Federer face Jurgen Melzer. The all-French affair between Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet gets the day started on Louis Armstrong, while fifth seed Robin Soderling also features later on the same court.

0248: Well, Jaz, Youzhny has just served out the second set with a booming ace, so if Isner is going to win it from here, he'll have to go the distance.

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0245: "This match looks like going to five sets, you certainly can't bet against Isner's fitness after his Wimbledon record, can Youzhny keep up?"
Jas via text on 81111

0244: Nasty moment for a ball girl on Arthur Ashe as a 120mph Isner serve ricochets off her hand and smacks her bang on the nose. First unforced error she's made all night. Meanwhile, Youzhny takes the initiative with a couple of jaw-dropping winners. But don't right Isner off just yet - he's just sent down a 122mph second serve ace.

Caroline Wozniacki on Twitter: "Lying in my bed with some nice food and plenty of water and watcing the night session with Youzhny and Isner :)"
Isner holds, so into another tie-break they go...

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0235: "Hi David. First day of new school tomorrow but I'm staying up. Isner is my prediction."
Anon via text on 81111
Bad idea, young man, very bad idea. P.S. Isner about to serve to stay in the third set at 5-6.

0230: Changing the subject temporarily, there were some reports in the States today that Rafael Nadal had refused to take a transportation van which had a picture of Roger Federer emblazoned on its bodywork. Such claims, the world number one has confirmed, is totally untrue. "This is very stupid thing," smiled the Spaniard following his third-round victory over Gilles Simon. "I've been in a van with the picture of Roger on both sides about 15 times over the last two weeks."

0222: Another exciting order of play on day eight - I'll give you all the info in a mo. Isner and Youzhny, meanwhile, are all square at 4-4 in the third and I'm not even going to attempt to call the result. You, however, are more than welcome to - just pop me a tweet, or send a text to 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666.

Caroline Wozniacki on Twitter: "Playing 3rd match after 11 tomorrow against Sharapova on Ashe stadium :)"

The match is over
0212: Isner and Youzhny are now the only match in progress after second seeds Liezel Huber and Nadia Petrova see off Timea Bacsinszky and Tathiana Garbin 6-3 6-3 in round three in the women's doubles on Louis Armstrong.

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0210: "Re 0158 Murray did beat a fully fit Nadal at the US Open in 2008... He doesn't always play defensive under pressure, as seen against Nadal in Australia this year."
Anon via text on 81111

0205: Keen to see how Youzhny reacts to dropping the second set from such a commanding position. This guy has previous, although no sign of him smashing open his forehead just yet.

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0158: "Re 0136 Leo is spot on. Under pressure in big games Murray is too defensive, too focused on getting the ball back rather than going for a winner. He'll never beat a fully fit Nadal or Federer in a Grand Slam with that mentality. Also seems to be lacking in self belief from his comments post-match. Sports psychologist is needed asap..."
Dan via text on 81111

0155: Easy volley on set point but Isner's sent it long. How on earth did the 18th seed miss that? Fear not, Americans. At the fifth time of asking, Isner wraps up the second set when Youzhny fires into the tramlines. What a turnaround. Game on!

Coach and commentator Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "What a change in the Isman match - I am flipping channel thinking this is over, just checked back the score and I'm stunned. The crowd has got to win this for the Isman - if can win this 2nd set TB he will win this match for sure."

0150: Youzhny did indeed hold to stay in the second set and we're now into a gripping tie-break on Arthur Ashe. The Russian gets the mini-break with a pinpoint pass at the end of an enthralling rally, but Isner hits straight back as his opponent double-faults.

Andy Murray's former coach Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "Great effort by Stan the man, stunned that AM did not step up in this match."

saamFG on Twitter: "It was a disappointing defeat but let's not write off Murray's career just yet. Still plenty of opportunities to come."

0140: And there I was writing off Isner... He's only gone and recovered both breaks in the second set, bringing the Arthur Ashe crowd to their feet with a devastating display of power tennis and some equally impressive chest-pumping celebrations. The American holds for 6-5 and all of a sudden Youzhny, who won their only previous meeting on Montreal last year, is serving to stay in the set.

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0136: "No matter which coach Murray gets, the essence of his game will not change: he is too passive and relies on opponents' mistakes far too much. He may play more aggressive sometimes, but in tight matches players always return to what they're most comfortable with."
Leo via text on 81111
This isn't what people were saying during Murray's run to the Toronto title in August ...

0130: Just the one other match in progress at Flushing Meadows right now. It sees second seeds Liezel Huber and Nadia Petrova taking on Timea Bacsinszky and Tathiana Garbin in the women's doubles. Huber and Petrova - a new partnership - are a set and a break up in this third-round encounter on Louis Armstrong Stadium.

0125: As Piers Newbery has just commented from the desk next to me, Youzhny is taking Isner to the cleaners. The Russian, a semi-finalist at Flushing Meadows in 2006, has snapped up the double-break and looks bang on course for a fourth-round meeting with Tommy Robredo. Thought this match might have gone the distance but, as things stand, that's looking very unlikely. A round after his marathon against Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon, Isner was thrashed in 74 minutes by Thiemo de Bakker and he could be heading for another quick exit tonight.

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0115: "Murray now needs to first take a break and then he needs a coach to help him with his serve, as this is constantly costing him in matches. Then he totally needs to speak to psychotherapist to help him stop beating himself up in matches. Andy really needs to start to listen because everyone can't be wrong about his game."
Becky in Kent via text on 81111

0111: A bitterly disappointed Murray has fronted up for the media and here's a bit more from the world number four: "You need to find a way to come through when you don't feel your best, and I have done that in majors this year, but I couldn't manage that today. I don't think it will hurt as much as some of my other defeats this year, like against Federer in Australia and Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, because I wasn't that close to winning this tournament. My priority now is to get a rest and then I'll think about what I want to do coach-wise."

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0108: "Murray looked dead on his feet from midway through the second set! In the press conference he seemed to suggest that injury wasn't the cause. What was then? Very bizarre. Was he ill but not admitting it?"
Steve via text on 81111

0100: First blood to Mikhail Youzhny in the opening evening match on Arthur Ashe. The 12th seed from Russia has picked up the first set against home hope John Isner (yes, yes, the guy who won that match at Wimbledon) and a bumper Labor Day weekend crowd are pretty subdued. Especially as their man has just been broken at the start of the second set. But I have a feeling you lot would rather talk about something else...

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0058: "Evening David. Gutted about Murray and I'm not one to complain about him at every opportunity, but another year has gone by without one of those big four trophies coming his way. How many more years can he promise without delivering?"
Matt in Blackburn via text on 81111
If I could answer that question, I'd be an extremely wealthy man.

0050: So Murray's a goner. Don't forget to have a read of Piers Newbery's very fine match report. And once you're done with that, let's discuss. What happened to the Scot tonight? Where does he go from here? Will he lift a Grand Slam title? Get involved in the debate by tweeting me, or sending a text to 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666.

0046: Was injury to blame for Murray's exit? "The first time I got treatment it was for tightness in the quad and the second time was pins and needles around my right elbow," said the British number one. "I started to feel it at the beginning of the third set. I was still moving ok. It could have been fatigue. I haven't been really tired in any long matches so I don't know."

0044: Here we go then, some thoughts from Andy Murray after his four-set defeat by Stanislas Wawrinka: "He just played well. He served well when he needed to and just played a better match. I have no idea if I will win a Grand Slam or not. I want to but I don't know. But if I give a 100% and do everything I can that is all I can do. I don't know if I will win one but I will give it my best shot."

0040: While we wait for Murray's musings, let's turn out attention to Arthur Ashe Stadium, where Mikhail Youzhny and John Isner have just got going in their third round match. Youzhny's already a break up against the big-serving American. That proceeds the women's fourth-round meeting between Sam Stosur and Elena Dementieva. Thrilling evening session, I'm sure you'll agree...

0035: But first up, here are the thoughts of Stanislas Wawrinka after his third-round victory over Andy Murray: "For sure I am very happy. I played one of my best games today and it is always very hard to beat Andy so I am very happy. I was trying to stay aggressive throughout the match and just try and stay with him. It was very tough, but I think he was very tired and that helped me. It was just such a battle."

0030: And there I was expecting to arrive to a party atmosphere... Andy Murray is conducting his post-match presser as we speak and I'll get some quotes over to you ASAP.

0025: Hats off to Stan the Man, that was some victory. And, of course, hats off to Bevo, that was some stint. Hi all, David Ornstein here. Welcome to the evening session on day seven of the US Open. Manually refresh your page and we'll get this show on the road.

By Chris Bevan

0016: I think we are going to have to ask Andy Murray exactly what was wrong with him as Stan Wawrinka fought back from a set down to win their third-round match 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 6-3 because no-one else will know. I presume he had some sort of leg injury but am confused as to why he did not ask for a medical time-out? Anyway, that's all from me for today - I'm sure David Ornstein will try to provide you with some of the answers. Thanks for your banter, and I guess Murray's first Grand Slam title will have to wait until 2011...

0010: Er, where do you start to pick the bones out of that then?

j_powling on Twitter: "A tortuous spectacle 3 hours and 56 minutes long. almost a relief that it's over. Where was Murray's never say die approach?"

Murray 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 3-6 3-6 Wawrinka
A sensational backhand winner from Wawrinka gets him to 0-30 and within two points of victory but Murray is not quite done yet - he claws his way back to 30-all. Sadly, the Scot puts a volley into the net on the next point and he needs a big forehand to rescue a match-point. It's only a temporary reprieve, however, and a lucky net-cord by Stan again puts him within a point of a victory he seals when a Murray backhand drifts out.

It's bad news for a Briton

Murray* 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 3-6 3-5 Wawrinka
Wawrinka is pummelling the Murray backhand and getting the right result from his point of view... until he steps into a short second serve and puts away a crosscourt backhand winner. Murray repeats the trick with another winner at 40-15 down, but he cannot string those sort of shots together and Stan still holds out. The Swiss is just one game away from victory now.
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Murray 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 3-6 3-4 Wawrinka*
Uh-oh. Two more wild shots by Andy Murray leave him 0-30 down and he can only find the net from a fierce Stan forehand. Credit to the Scot, though, he keeps going despite now appearing to be in real pain - and saves all three break points, the final one with an ace. He holds with a brave volley, too, but is going to have some more treatment at the changeover.
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Murray* 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 3-6 2-4 Wawrinka
Hmmm, Murray is fast running out of time now. Stan is totally untroubled on serve and Murray is still making a raft of errors whatever he tries.
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BBC Radio 5 Live
Evening Standard tennis correspondent Chris Jones on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "That summed up exactly what has been wrong with Murray in this match. We had one player who wanted to win the points and one player who just wanted to get balls back. It's not working for Murray, he's in massive trouble - his body language is terrible and he looks the most uncomfortable man in New York right now."

SAMurphy87 on Twitter: "What a bizarre match. Muzza is trying to hit his way out of this mess and keep the points short, which is so unlike him."

Murray 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 3-6 2-3 Wawrinka*
If we're looking for positives for Murray, he is still serving well but that is his only consistent weapon at the moment. Stan finds a delicious drop-shot to settle a tired rally from both players and a wild forehand at deuce gives the Swiss a break-point. Wawrinka keeps attacking, and gets his reward - Murray finds the net and he is in an even bigger hole now.
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Murray* 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 3-6 2-2 Wawrinka
Well, Murray is moving around a bit more, but he is still keen to get these points over and done with quickly. I know I wanted him to be more aggressive but I didn't quite have this in mind. Stan holds to level us up again.
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Murray 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 3-6 2-1 Wawrinka*
Murray is still berating himself between points, and still picking up foot faults, but he is still producing the occasional sparkling shot too. This time it is a corking backhand that sees him hold serve - more of the same please, Andy. Stan's response is to leave the court for more treatment.
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Murray* 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 3-6 1-1 Wawrinka
A strange old match this, and no mistake. Murray still seems dazed and confused but battles on and gets a lifeline when Stan sends a baseline smash about a mile long. That sets up a break point, which Murray thinks he has converted when a Wawrinka backhand drops wide but the Swiss challenges the call and is proven right. Murray laughs ironically, and complains about the time the umpire took, but he finally has something to smile about when Stan sends a forehand long on the next point - he's got the break back, but I'm not sure that matters too much any more.
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BBC Radio 5 Live
Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman on BBC Radio 5 Live sports extra: "Murray is playing very, very, very deep. He's clearly suffering with his left thigh muscle and his legs aren't moving the way he would want them to move. He knows his opponent's hurting as well, which must make him even more frustrated. Murray's not the sort of player to call it quits but he's struggling and Wawrinka's pumped. British prospects look gloomy."

Murray 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 3-6 0-1 Wawrinka*
Murray is playing even deeper than usual, and he is currently moving like his legs are made of lead. Stan is moving him round the court and picking up points at will, setting up two break-points, and converting the second one with a huge backhand down the line. So the Scot is broken at the start of the fourth set - is this beginning of the end of the British number one's hopes at Flushing Meadows this year?
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2322: Still no medical time-out for Andy Murray, although he does have another rub-down on his left thigh at the changeover. Whatever is wrong with him - illness, injury or something else - he will have to fix it quickly otherwise his US Open will soon be over.

Murray* 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 3-6 0-0 Wawrinka
Stan looks nippy enough at the moment though, far more than Murray for a start, and the Swiss storms through his next service game to take the set and a 2-1 lead. I'm struggling to think of a worst set of tennis that Andy Murray has played - I'm not sure why either.
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Murray 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 3-5 Wawrinka*
Stan decides he has a quad injury in his left leg to go with his right thigh problem and wants more treatment... but the umpire basically tells him to get on with the match. When we do resume, Murray is still all over the place - looking lethargic one minute, then picking out a precise winner the next. Sadly we are seeing more of the former, as well as some angry words at a ball-boy and another foot-fault call, but somehow he survives a set point to hold. Wawrinka will serve for the set next, if he can stay on his feet long enough.
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BBC Radio 5 Live
Jonathan Overend on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Murray's wobbling here - his US Open campaign is hanging by a thread."

Murray* 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 2-5 Wawrinka
OK, so Murray looks like he is ill and Wawrinka is definitely walking wounded - so unsurprisingly the standard of play has dropped somewhat in the last few minutes. We are only midway through the third set too so they are likely to deteriorate further - to be honest, I'm not sure whether they will both survive the night. Stan holds, however, and they both look like they could do with a sit down at the changeover.
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Murray 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 2-4 Wawrinka*
We had to wait a while to finish that game but in the end it was over pretty quickly, with a big Murray serve proving to be enough.
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2302: Here comes Wawrinka, with his right thigh heavily strapped... he's going to carry on.

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From The Adventures Of Giuseppe Rossi on 606: "What a bizarre match this is."

2259: Right then. Stan Wawrinka has asked for a medical time-out and is having vigorous treatment on his right thigh. It's a bit like the end of 'Rocky' here - both men are out on their feet... I think the first man to stand up goes through to the fourth round.

2255: Well, Murray only had about 15 seconds of treatment - which involved the physio rubbing his leg at the changeover - and I can't imagine that has done him much good. The next game is delayed by a rogue steward who is stood on court and ignores the pleas of the umpire to leave, then interrupted by a dazed spectator who seems to have had a bit too much refreshment and cannot find his seat. Murray seems to be trying to end these points as quickly as possible but it is Wawrinka who needs the trainer when he picks up a thigh injury while 40-15 down and he is currently receiving treatment. It's all happening at Flushing Meadows...

Murray* 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 1-4 Wawrinka
Stan holds to love, and Andy Murray calls for the trainer. I think he needs a psychologist too, if one is available.
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Murray 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 1-3 Wawrinka*
Oh dear. Murray's footwork is betraying his current mood as much as his constant mumbling - he stops moving again, midway through another rally - which he goes on to lose. At 30-all, he fires a crosscourt forehand wide and a double-fault hands Stan the break to compound his misery. Can the real Andy Murray please stand up?
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j_powling on Twitter: "Where did the Andy Murray go who swaggered around Toronto as if he owned the place?"

Murray * 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 1-2 Wawrinka
No end to Murray's ire at the moment - his water bottle is getting a battering at the moment. Stan is not doing anything special but with Murray in this mindset, a break is out of the question.
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BBC Radio 5 Live
Jonathan Overend on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "What is Andy Murray doing out there? Three break points down and he plays the first like a knock-up. You would never see Nadal or Federer give their serve up so easily - he's all over the place right now. This performance has come out of the blue from Murray, he was so focused in his first two rounds. He seems seriously rattled by something today."

2242: Top seed Rafael Nadal after his comfortable straight-sets win over Gilles Simon to reach round four: "It was important not to lose without dropping a set - every day I seem to play much better which is good for my confidence."

Murray 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 1-1 Wawrinka*
In answer to my question... No, he can't. Murray grumbles constantly at himself, the umpire and the line judges as he is broken to love, and even seems to concede the game on the final point at 0-40. Something is wrong here, and it's all in the fourth seed's head.
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Murray* 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 1-0 Wawrinka
Murray is deep in conversation with himself at the changeover - like the sort of bloke you don't want to sit next to on the bus. He's clearly in full-on angry man mode, but he should be a bit happier with himself now after breaking Stan in the first game of the third set. That was Wawrinka's turn to have a bit of a lapse of concentration, resulting in some erratic shots, but can Murray build on it properly this time?
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Murray 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 0-0 Wawrinka*
A big Stan serve swerves wide to put him 5-2 up but Murray holds twice to stay alive. That still leaves Wawrinka with two serves for the second set, and he does just that, levelling the match with a sweet serve-volley that wrong-foots the British number one. Game on.
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Murray 7-6 (7-3) 6-6 (2-4) Wawrinka
Murray is in a spot of bother here. He goes two mini-breaks down in the tie-break after smashing a couple of forehands just long - the second call going Stan's way after a challenge. Murray sticks with the patient approach, though, and he gets one of those mini-breaks back on the next point before the change of ends - this time a challenge goes his way when a Wawrinka backhand flies long.

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Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra: "We thought Murray was going to race away with this but Wawrinka has fought back brilliantly. He can flourish on both flanks and Murray knows it. The world number four has a tough ask against a quality player. Wawrinka may be the number 25 in the world but he's very high class. He's softly spoken and thoughtful but packs a real punch."

Murray 7-6 (7-3) 6-6 Wawrinka
No shortage of aggression from Wawrinka, though, and he continues to crash down that big serve. Nothing doing for Andy Murray, here, which means it is time for our second tie-break.

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Murray 7-6 (7-3) 6-5 Wawrinka*
Better from Murray, and he even has his first ace of the match to celebrate. He does look much more dangerous when he attacks Stan, but he is either unable or unwilling to keep doing that.
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Murray* 7-6 (7-3) 5-5 Wawrinka
Another sizzling backhand winner from Stan, this time down the line, is the stand-out shot in this game but I don't think Murray enjoyed it. He did get to 30-all but seemed reluctant to take the initiative from there.
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From Sami in London, via text: "Why do our Brit tennis players always give us spectators these rollercoaster type matches!?! Come on A-Muzz sort it out!!!!"

Murray 7-6 (7-3) 5-4 Wawrinka*
Nothing is straightforward for Murray today, though, is it? The British number one is in trouble at 30-40 and the last thing he needs is for Stan to produce a stinging backhand winner that gives him another break-back. We are back on serve in the second set - what twists await us next?
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Murray* 7-6 (7-3) 5-3 Wawrinka
Well, Murray's forehand is definitely working again - he just hit three or four crisp shots to prove it - and it is Wawrinka who is struggling a bit for fluency on that flank now. A series of mistakes give Murray a sniff of a break, which he converts when another Stan forehand flies out, and he will serve for the second set next - something that didn't seem too likely a game or two ago. Meanwhile, top seed Rafael Nadal is through to round four - brushing Gilles Simon aside 6-4 6-4 6-2.
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Murray 7-6 (7-3) 4-3 Wawrinka*
More cautious play by Murray, and it seems a long time since that purple patch at the end of the first set and the start of the second one. Still, he's far from in trouble here and will just be trying to keep himself ticking over until he works out what is going wrong. A hold helps him do just that.
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Murray* 7-6 (7-3) 3-3 Wawrinka
Murray's forehand has gone to pot so he goes back to basics, playing it safe down the middle of the court. Again, those tactics work and, from 30-0, he is back at 30-all on the Stan serve. The crowd are getting involved again now too, trying to rouse Murray again, but they cannot help him - two big serves from Stan see him through to level.
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Jonathan Overend on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Murray is doing a tremendous amount of talking to himself at the moment."

Murray 7-6 (7-3) 3-2 Wawrinka*
Murray in control then? Er, no. Far from it, actually. He plonks a couple of lazy forehands into the net, the first after running round his backhand, and then shanks another backhand long at 15-40. I'm not sure what happened there, but Wawrinka is right back in this second set and unsurprisingly seems pretty pleased about it.
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From anon, via text: "Stan came out hard in the first set to try to gain a psychological advantage on Andy. But Andy's class won the set. Andy will build now and we'll see two easier sets now."

Murray* 7-6 (7-3) 3-1 Wawrinka
Stan is not going to crumble just yet, mind, and he produces a couple of big serves get on the board in this second set.
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Murray 7-6 (7-3) 3-0 Wawrinka*
No stopping Murray at the moment - he holds in double-quick time and all of a sudden, he seems full of confidence and this match appears to be in his grasp. The same can be said for Rafa Nadal over on Arthur Ashe too. The top seed is 6-4 6-4 2-0 up on Gilles Simon and can probably already think about his fourth-round match with Feliciano Lopez - who went through earlier on today when Sergiy Stakhovsky retired hurt.
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Murray* 7-6 (7-3) 2-0 Wawrinka
Murray's not exactly been flying so far today but he has just produced his best game of the match, with four points that made his Swiss opponent look extremely limited indeed. Murray breaks to love, with the icing on the cake being a perfect lob that Stan can only watch as it loops over his head and drops inside the baseline. Superb stuff.
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Murray 7-6 (7-3) 1-0 Wawrinka*
Stan hit 22 winners in the first set, compared to 15 by Murray and has seven aces to none from the Scot. We know who won the first set though, don't we? More good work by the fourth seed in the first game of the second set, sealing an easy hold with the most delicate of drop-shots that leaves Wawrinka floundering.
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Murray* 7-6 (7-3) 0-0 Wawrinka
Yep, no way back for Wawrinka from there, although he does give it a good enough go, picking up both points on his own serve from 6-1 down before seeing a wayward backhand fly out. Murray reacts with a loud "c'mon" and a couple of fist-pumps in the direction of the players' box, and he's done very well to turn things round. That first set took 70 minutes, and contained a few twists and turns. Over on Ashe, Nadal has just gone 6-4 6-4 up against Gilles Simon, who will probably get a chance to meet his newly-born son pretty soon.
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Murray 6-6 (5-1) Wawrinka
Er, this tie-break's been pretty lively so far. Murray goes a mini-break up before complaing loudly after dumping a drop-shot into the net because he feels Stan shouted 'allez' at the wrong time earlier in the point. The umpire is having none of it, but the incident seems to have fired the Scot up and a Stan double fault and a brilliant passing shot helps him go in 5-1 up at the change of ends.

Murray 6-6 Wawrinka
At 30-all, this is a nervous time for Murray but he picks the right moment to coolly flick away a volleyed winner. A big serve on the next point helps too, and Stan's return flies out. We're into a tie-break - do me a favour and give your page a manual refresh to clean up some rogue coding.
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From Alison Munson in Leeds, via text: "It's early days, our Muzz will pull through. You could even say we've got all the time in the world... "

Murray* 5-6 Wawrinka
Murray's not a happy chappy, moaning to himself at the back of the court, and it's clear why - he fails to put any real pressure on the Wawrinka serve despite having a couple of opportunities to do so. The British number one's backhand has been a tad brittle today and it let him down a couple of times there. Meanwhile, top seed Rafa Nadal is 6-4 2-3 against Gilles Simon and on serve in the second set.
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Murray 5-5 Wawrinka*
Solid enough from Murray on serve this time, mainly because that Wawrinka forehand seems to have lost a bit of its earlier bite. Now might be the time for the Scot to strike...

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From Neil Cooper in Aberdeen, via text: "This might be the test Andy needs. He has to be more aggressive and take chances or he won't beat Federer and Nadal. Still think he will win this match though."

Murray* 4-5 Wawrinka
A lot of very vocal support for Murray on Louis Armstrong as he tries to keep this first set alive, and his approach, initially, is ultra-defensive. His tactics work too, with a couple of sloppy Wawrinka shots getting him to 30-all before Murray comes in to (just about) put away a volley to set up a break-back point. Stan saves that with an ace but the fourth seed is on the attack again at deuce to capitalise on a short second serve. That sets up his sixth break point of the match, and this time he takes it - Wawrinka seeing a passing shot fly wildly out. Murray fans can breathe again *(for now), because we are back on serve.
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BBC Radio 5 Live
Jonathan Overend on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Murray has played OK so far but he's not playing like the number four in the world."

Murray 3-5 Wawrinka*
Hmmm, it's not exactly convincing from Murray but he holds in the end - despite a couple of unforced errors. Stan will serve for the first set next.
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Murray* 2-5 Wawrinka
Not this time. Stan holds to love for the second time and moves within a game of the first set. Nadal? He just took the first set 6-4 against Gilles Simon.
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Murray 2-4 Wawrinka*
Murray needs a solid service game here and that's exactly what he produces, with a series of big first deliveries giving Stan little chance to get at him again. Good work - now he just has to try and break the Swiss...
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Murray* 1-4 Wawrinka
It gets better and better for Wawrinka, who puts away an audacious low volley from a Murray shot that only just crept over the net and follows it with his fifth ace of the match (none for Murray so far). A couple more big serves see the 25th seed go on to hold with ease and he is in control of this first set.
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From Bertie in Wales, via text: "Like Wawrinka has said, Murray plays too far behind the baseline, he has to get further up court."

Murray 1-3 Wawrinka*
We've seen one booming backhand by Stan today, and he follows it with a fizzing forehand winner that takes him to 30-all. Murray does himself no favours on the next point by flopping a midcourt forehand into the net but makes amends at 30-40 with a fierce passing shot down the same flank after cleverly bringing Wawrinka to the net. Still, Murray is not out of the woods yet - he is sent scurrying all over the court as the Swiss sets up another break point, which he converts with another powerful crosscourt forehand. Advantage Stan.
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Murray* 1-2 Wawrinka
Much better from Murray on the Stan serve this time, and some patient play earns him his first break point of the match. Wawrinka saves it, after a cracking rally, by hammering home a crosscourt forehand but the Swiss is soon back in trouble and has to save three more break points, before holding when a Murray forehand loops an inch out. I've got bad news if you had other plans for the rest of tonight - we've been playing for 20 minutes and we have only completed three games - this could be a long night... Meanwhile, Nadal is still a break up on Simon and leads 4-3.
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The Michael Laws on Twitter: "Murray to win in four sets. Come on Muzza!"

Murray 1-1 Wawrinka*
Not such an straightforward start for Murray on serve though. Stan shows signs of this new aggressive approach of his that I've been hearing about and, helped by a Murray double fault, he gets to deuce. Murray finds a big serve at the right time but Wawrinka pulls a fizzing backhand passing shot out of the bag and he is clearly up for this one. Eventually Murray holds out but he needs to land some big first serves to keep his Swiss opponent quiet. Meanwhile, over on Ashe, Nadal is a break up and leads Simon 3-2.
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Murray* 0-1 Wawrinka
Stan starts smoothly enough, with Murray unable to return three of his serves, including one ace. Only one rally in the first game then and it sees Murray on the defensive, hooking a few shots back into play from behind the baseline before Stan comes in to put away a winning volley.
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2010: Here we go then. Stan Wawrinka to serve first.

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From LJ on the edge of her chair, via text: "YAY!!! My patience is rewarded... Come on Andy, let's get this show on the road!"

2004: Rafael Nadal and Gilles Simon have just got started over on Arthur Ashe, and I will do my best to keep you updated on that one while I follow the progress of Murray-Wawrinka. Sound fair to you? Good. Sadly, I may have to neglect the encounter between Sergiy Stakhovsky and Feliciano Lopez on Grandstand, where Lopez is on the brink of taking the first set. I hope you can forgive me...

2001: Andy Murray has won five of his last six meetings with Stanislas Wawrinka, including that cracking five-set match at Wimbledon in 2009 and a 6-1 6-3 6-3 victory on his way to the final at Flushing Meadows in 2008. The Scot has just arrived on court on Louis Armstrong and got a warm welcome from the crowd. He's got a big bag of ice with him (and his racquets too, thankfully).

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1952: Good news folks. If you are in the UK and you give this page a manual refresh you will be able to listen to live commentary of the Murray-Wawrinka match on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Will Stan be the man, or is Murray in a hurry? We are about to find out...

1950: Venus Williams was also asked about her sparkly (and very short) burgundy outfit and, in case you were wondering, I can confirm that she did not sew all those sequins on herself.

1949: Venus Williams after beating Shahar Peer 7-6 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open for the 10th time: "It was a little tricky - it was important for to stay positive." On her knee: "I'm OK - it helps me not playing the doubles. I'm happy to be here and playing well."

The match is over
1944: Right Andy Murray fans, your time has come. Sam Querrey completes a 6-3 6-4 6-4 win over Nicolas Almagro, and the British number one is next out on Louis Armstrong. By the way, if Murray does beat Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka, he will play Querrey in the fourth round.

1940: Sam Querrey is serving for the match at 5-4 in the third set... Andy Murray v Stanislav Wawrinka could be just minutes away.

DiscoStew1 on Twitter: "Will Simon cause Rafa problems? Of course not! The big four are on a semi-final collision course and I just can't wait!"

The match is over
1935: The Shahar Peer fightback doesn't last long, though. She looks a little bit tired as Venus Williams moves effortlessly to 0-40 and, when the Israeli flops an overhead backhand volley into the net, the American completes an entertaining 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 win. Meanwhile, over on Louis Armstrong, Sam Querrey is closing in on victory too - he leads 6-3 6-4 4-3, and is a break up in the third set too.

1930: Hold your horses, Rafa fans. Venus has just looped a forehand long and Peer has got one of those breaks back.

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From Chris, via text: "Re CraigSWFC at 1900. Yes, but soon it will be the End of the Peer show."

1926: Ah, that could be that for Shahar Peer. A mis-hit Venus Williams volley drops in, and she has a double-break to lead 7-6 5-2. She will serve for the match next, and Rafael Nadal against Gilles Simon is next on Ashe when this one is done and dusted.

1922: I'd love to bring you more regular updates of how Madagascar's Zarah Razafimahatratra is getting on in her girls' singles match against Caroline Price over on Court 14 but by the time I write her name out again, that match will probably be over (Price is currently 3-1 up).

1918: Of course, as soon as I write that, some Peer power play sets up a break-back point. Venus survives, thanks to a whipped backhand, and goes on to hold to lead 7-6 4-2, but she still has a bit of work to do to close this one out.

1911: Venus is well on her way to reaching her 10th US Open quarter-final, which is pretty impressive, I'm sure you'll agree. She's not there yet, of course, but Peer has not managed to hit the heights she managed in the first set - that forehand has not quite produced the goods yet.

The match is over
1905: No way back for David Nalbandian as Fernando Verdasco completes a 6-2 3-6 6-3 6-2 win to reach round four. And on Louis Armstrong, Sam Querrey has moved two sets up against Nicolas Almagro after taking the second 6-4. Just a reminder that Andy Murray versus Stan Wawrinka is on after that one, while Rafael Nadal versus Gilles Simon follows Venus-Peer on Ashe. So, by the looks of things, neither Murray or Nadal will have to wait too much longer before getting on court.

CraigSWFC on Twitter: "When Shahar challenges, is it a 'Peer review'? (One for the students!)"

1900: More trouble for Shahar Peer, who chases a Venus lob on break point but is beaten by the wind and the spin on the ball. She challenges the call (which leads me nicely into my next tweet) but the ball landed plum on the line. Venus moves 7-6 2-1 up.

1854: Hmmm, it's not looking terribly promising for David Nalbandian right now. He's been broken again by eighth seed Fernando Verdasco, who leads 6-2 3-6 6-3 5-1 and is closing in on a place in round four, where David Ferrer awaits.

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From FedFan-Kim on 606: "Oh well, that one was a good fight while it lasted. I'll be impressed with Peer if she can battle as hard in the second set."

David Beckham's LA Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan on Twitter: "This Venus Williams match is amazing!!!!!"

1845: Well, Shahar Peer did not do an awful lot wrong in the tie-break but Venus Williams got an early mini-break and did not look back, apart from wasting a sixth set-point at 6-3 with a double fault. Venus has to attack the Peer serve instead, and a huge forehand on the next point is enough to give her the first set in 68 fascinating minutes. Let's hope the second set is just as good...

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From Max in Hants, via text: "Re 1803. Nicely done by young Golding. Let's hope he can at least match his Wimbledon run and that he keeps his temper/frustrations in check."

jpowling on Twitter: "Querrey started far better than Almagro. Even in second set, but it is American who holds the initiative in the match."

1841: Apologies for the lack of updates while I was waiting for that marathon Peer-Venus game to end. In the meantime, Fernando Verdasco has taken the third set against David Nalbandian and now leads 6-2 3-6 6-3 1-1 and Nicolas Almagro and Sam Querrey are on serve in the second set with Querrey leading 6-3 2-3.

1838: Serving at 5-6 down, this is big game for Shahar Peer, and she starts it badly. Very badly actually. A couple of sloppy groundstrokes, followed by a Venus piledriver, leave the Israeli at 0-40 and on the brink of losing the first set, and after all that hard work too. She's not about to crumble just yet, mind, and responds by clawing her way back to deuce and saving another set point for good measure. That's not the end of the game though, because it went on for a lot longer than that - Peer's big forehand gave her what felt like a million chances to secure the hold but Venus somehow stayed alive each time and even forced a fifth break point. End of set? Not on your nellie. Peer responds with more massive forehands and eventually (after eight deuces) holds to take us to a tie-break. Don't you just love competitive women's tennis!

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From Laura in Manchester, via text: "Just got in from watching my brother play American Football, and turned on the TV to be greeted by Venus' interesting outfit choice. Waiting for the day when she'll walk onto the court in high heels... "

1822: I have not seen a single point of it but Sam Querrey has just wrapped up that first set 6-3 against Nicolas Almagro. Back on Ashe, we are still on serve and Williams now leads Peer 6-5. Both players have won 30 points apiece, which (sort of) shows you how level this match has been so far.

John Isner on Twitter: "Suggestions for music choice to enter Ashe tonight? I'm leaning towards @RandyOrton's 'Voices'."

The match is over
1813: Ah, so much for Peer pressure. Venus breaks back immediately again, this time to love and the American is now 5-4 up. Meanwhile, Sam Querrey is a break up on Nicolas Almagro and leads 4-2 in the first set - remember Andy Murray is on Louis Armstrong after that one. Another result to tell you about too: David Ferrer eased past fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 6-2 - and will play David Nalbandian or Fernando Verdasco in round four.

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1807: Oops. Venus is still playing some very erratic stuff over on Arthur Ashe and another unforced error on her forehand sees her Israeli opponent break again to go 4-3 up. I guess we can start calling this 'Peer pressure', can't we?

The match is over
It's good news for a Briton
1803: Nice work. That's Ollie Golding through to round two. The British junior completes a 7-6 (11-9) 6-3 win over Andres Artunedo Martinavarr and will play Mitchell Frank of the US next.

1802: OK, I'll be honest - I finished off that last sentence just as Venus went 0-30 up - so I cheated a bit. She promptly went 0-40 up too, before Shahar Peer pulled a few big serves out of the bag and hauled herself back up to deuce, only for Venus to eventually seal the break-back thanks to a Peer mistake and a lovely angled forehand from Williams. All-square at 3-3 then.

1758: A spot of bother for Venus Williams. The two-times US Open champion goes for a big forehand at 30-40 and sees the ball loop out. That's a break for Shahar Peer, who leads 3-2 in the first set, although I wouldn't be surprised if Venus breaks straight back...

jpowling on Twitter: "Verdasco saves three set points, one on a review, but he cannot save the fourth."

It's good news for a Briton
1753: Good news for David Nalbandian fans. He's just levelled up at one-set all against Fernando Verdasco after taking the second set 6-3. And even better news for Ollie Golding fans... the British boy is a break up in the second set and leads 7-6 4-3. Go go Golding...

1748: No breaks yet in Venus-Peer, which is on serve at 2-1 to the American. It seems Ollie Golding is back on his feet over on Court 15, where play has resumed after the British boy had treatment. He's just levelled the second set at 3-3 too, so he can't be in bad shape.

1745: Venus Williams was actually the last woman to successfully to defend the US Open title (in 2001). She's only gone further than the quarter-finals once since 2002 though, which is not such a good stat for her. Still, Venus will fancy her chances of reaching the last eight this year because she holds a 5-0 head-to-head record over Peer, who is the world number 19 from Israel.

Times journalist Neil Harman on Twitter: "Golding receiving treatment at 2-1 down in second set v. Martinavarr of Spain. Flat out on the court. Hope it isn't too bad."

1739: Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka on his hopes of beating Britain's Andy Murray in their third-round match later on Sunday: "It's not so windy so its going to be a very good day. It's one of my favourite courts (Louis Armstrong) - It will be interesting and a big match and hopefully I can play good. It will be tough - f I can be aggressive and serve well I will have a chance."

1735: David (definitely not Daniel) Nalbandian was a break early in the second set against Fernando Verdasco, but that is now back on serve with the Argentinean 3-2 up. Meanwhile, another David (Ferrer) ran away with the second set against Daniel Gimeno-Traver and now leads 7-6 (7-2) 6-2.

1733: Defending champion Kim Clijsters on her comfortable 6-2 6-1 win over Ana Ivanovic that puts her into the quarter-finals: "Once she started to making errors I tried to really get in and be aggressive and play my game. I'm happy with the way I'm improving. It's all about learning, especially with the wind. You have to adjust. Today was a tough opponent and I played well and I'm happy to get through in two sets."

1730: Right on cue, here comes Venus Williams. The big questions, as always with her, are a) what is she wearing and b) how is her poorly knee. The answer to a) is a sparkling burgundy outfit. As for b) we will have to wait and see...

1728: Right then. Coming up on Arthur Ashe we have got Venus Williams v Shahar Peer, while on Louis Armstrong, Sam Querrey will take on Nicolas Almagro in a few minutes time. Andy Murray is on after the Querrey-Almagro match - and you will be able to listen to his match against Stan Wawrinka on BBC Radio 5 sports extra.

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1725: We saw some pretty one-sided women's matches yesterday, and today is following the same pattern so far. Kim Clijsters made short work of Ana Ivanovic and sixth seed Francesca Schiavone has completed her demolition of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, winning 6-3 6-0. The Italian makes a lot of noise even when she isn't hitting the ball - celebrating her victory with a (extremely loud) yell of triumph. Wherever you are in the world, next time she plays you should open your windows - you will probably be able to hear her...

Times journalist Neil Harman on Twitter: "Golding warned for throwing racket early - recovers to win 1st set in boys singles. He can play but short fuse."

It's good news for a Briton
1719: Sounds like a bit of an epic out on Court 15 between Britain's Oliver Golding and Andres Artunedo Martinavarr. I can bring you good news this time, though, because Golding has just clinched the first-set tie-break 11-9.

1717: There are more Spanish players left in the men's draw than from any other nation, and here's an update on how three of them are getting on. Fernando Verdasco took the first set 6-2 against David Nalbandian, and 10th seed David Ferrer took that tie-break 7-2 against Daniel Gimeno-Traver.

1711: Oh dear. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is not having a great time of it over on Louis Armstrong. The Russian teenager is 6-3 3-0 down against Francesca Schiavone and is now struggling with a back injury. She's currently having treatment, but it's going to be tough for her to turn this one round and stop Schiavone from reaching the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2003.

1707: I hear British junior Ollie Golding had a set-point at 5-4 in the first set but missed with an attempted backhand winner. He's now in a first-set tie-break against Spain's Andres Artunedo Martinavarr.

The match is over
1704: Yep, an Ivanovic forehand flies a mile long and that is that folks. Kim Clijsters completes a 6-2 6-1 victory in just 59 minutes and she will face Sam Stosur or Elena Dementieva in the quarter-finals. Neither of them will fancy playing her in this sort of form. Ivanovic never really looked like causing her problems today but at least she can leave New York feeling a bit more encouraged about her form, even if she's still a long way short of being a contender again.

1701: Ah. Just as I was about to compliment Ana Ivanovic for a spirited service game, she shows old habits die hard with a double fault that gives Clijsters a 5-1 lead. The Belgian serves for a place in the last eight next, and the writing is on the wall for Ivanovic I'm afraid (it reads 'you're on your way out')

1659: Over on Grandstand, eighth seed Fernando Verdasco has just made the breakthrough on David Nalbandian's serve to lead 3-2 - finally converting a break point at the eighth attempt. Here's an update on two more Spaniards too: David Ferrer and Daniel Gimeno-Traver have just started a first-set tie-break.

saamFG on Twitter: "Re 1637. Schiavone grunts even when doing a backhand slice. Utterly ridiculous!"

1653: No bagel for Ivanovic today, though, because she's just broken back courtesy of an appalling service game by Kim Clijsters, who took her foot off the gas a bit and served up some stinkers. By the way, Francesca Schiavone took the first set 6-3 against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who is the only teenager in the fourth round, and is at this stage for the first time in a Grand Slam. The Russian is already a break down in the second set too.

1648: No stopping Kim Clijsters at the moment. The Belgian is on a 17-match winning streak at Flushing Meadows and is right on course to make it 18. She leads Ivanovic 4-0 in the second set after two more break. The Serbian is looking pretty in pink (from head to toe) out on Ashe but might have a red face to match if the defending champion continues in this sort of form.

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From LJ, via text: "Can't wait for Andy's match with Stan Wawrinka! Will keep busy till then with a few chapters of obstetrics. And the live text of course!"

1640: I bring more news of Oliver Golding. And it's not good. Artunedo Martinavarr has broken back on Court 14. I'm not going to wheel out a Brit-down graphic just yet though, because the first set is merely back on serve at 4-4.

1637: That's the first set in the bag for Clijsters, who took 31 minutes to win it 6-2. French Open champion Francesca Schiavone is well on the way to doing the same against Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova too - the Italian is leading 4-2 (and making plenty of noise from what I can hear).

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From pickles91 on 606: "Ivanovic struggling big time against Clijsters. Not a good match-up for Ivanovic."

1632: Kim Clijsters has taken control of this first set in the last few minutes, breaking Ivanovic in her last two games and opening up a 5-2 lead. She's dropped her own serve in that time too, but her big-hitting approach is paying off at the minute.

1627: There are an array of tennis treats in store for us today but it won't be the same unless you lot get involved. You know the score by now - show me some love on Twitter at chrisbevan_bbc, serve me some texts via 81111 (UK) or 44 7786200666 (worldwide) or make a racquet on 606.

It's good news for a Briton
1622: Yay. Oliver Golding has made a confident start out on Court 15. Golding, who reached the semi-finals of this year's junior Wimbledon, is a break up on Artunedo Martinavarr and leads 3-1. I think that deserves a Brit-up graphic, no?

1617: It's been a lively opening on Ashe, where Ana Ivanovic saw two break points come and go in the first game before facing (and saving) one herself in the second. Her and Kim Clijsters are both attacking at every opportunity in the early stages, which has made for an open match so far. The Belgian is ahead 2-1 and we are still on serve in this first set.

1613 Ivanovic versus Clijsters has just started on Arthur Ashe, which hopefully is less windy than it was on Saturday. Elsewhere, Francesca Schiavone and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova are about to get under way on Louis Armstrong and David Nalbandian takes on Fernando Verdasco on Grandstand. If that little lot is not enough for you, there's an all-Spanish clash going on Court 11 between David Ferrer and Daniel Gimeno-Traver too.

1607: Here's some news for you too. Roger Federer's new coach Paul Annacone, who was due to leave his post as head coach of the LTA when his contract ends in November, has departed early to avoid a possible conflict of interest if Andy Murray and Fed meet in the final at Flushing Meadows.

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From noleisthebest on 606: "Murray will cruise in four sets, although I like the "new" aggressive Wawrinka."

It's good news for a Briton
1603: Andy Murray's third-round match with the 'other Swiss' Stanislas Wawrinka is third on Louis Armstrong, and probably won't start much before 2000 BST. But if you are in need of a Brit to cheer on now, why not get behind Oliver Golding, who begins his boys' singles campaign with a first-round match against the snappily named Andres Artunedo Martinavarr of Spain in the next few minutes...

1559: Afternoon, folks. If you're after top-drawer tennis, you are in the right place. The line-up for day seven of the US Open positively oozes with quality, starting with the meeting of two former number ones in Ana Ivanovic and Kim Clijsters and followed by potentially tricky ties for Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal. The likes of Venus Williams, Sam Querrey and Mikhail Youzhny are all in action, too. Who will make it through into week two? We will find out in the next few hours...

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